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The Week Ahead: Fri., Feb. 7 through Thurs., Feb. 13, 2014

Friday, February 7th, 2014

We skate into the second week of February coping with the icy conditions left behind from the last snow storm.  Nonetheless, the variety of things to tempt us out of doors continues to stave off cabin fever.  In addition to and Jazz Nights (Tuesdays) at Offshore Ale;  50 cent wings (Sundays) at Henry’s at Edgartown’s Harborview Hotel;  2 for 1 Nights (Thursdays) at The Grill on Main, free movies at the Chilmark Library (Fridays) Trivia Nights at the Wharf (Wednesdays) and more, you can check out these events in the week ahead…stay warm!

Friday, Feb. 7
Exhibit Opening: The Art of Advertising
Explore how designers and businesses marketed their ideas and products in often beautiful ways at the MV Museum.

Saturday, Feb. 8
Rockin Away the Winter Blues with Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish
Come enjoy this great night of fun and wash away those winter blues! Boogie down in your bluesy finest and rock along with Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish. Benefits the Chilmark School PTO and Outing Program

Sunday, Feb 9
Opening Reception- For Pet’s Sake: For the Love of Pets and Animals.
Opening Reception at Featherstone Center for the Arts. Refreshments from 4-6 pm. The show continues daily 12-4 pm until February 26th.

Slowfood Martha’s Vineyard Farmers Brunch
Slowfood Martha’s Vineyard invites you to its Farmers Brunch being held Sunday, Feb 9th 10am @ the Chilmark Community Center.

Monday, Feb 10
Ladies Night at Featherstone: Card Making
Learning some paper folding techniques  while making Valentines for the special people in your life

Tuesday, Feb 11
Lecture: Chief Curator Bonnie Stacy Presents, “Is It Not Love?”
Join the MV Museum’s Chief Curator, Bonnie Stacy, as she traces the history of Valentines, both humble and elaborate.

Wednesday, Feb 12
“Romancing the Oyster” Harbor View Hotel and the MV Shellfish Group will host this fundraising dinner dedicated to this Vineyard classic. Savor the bounty of the sea as Executive Chef Nathan Gould prepares delectable dishes that celebrate cultured and wild oysters

Thursday, Feb 13
Woody Pines at the MV Film Center
A night of musical entertainment with Woody Pine (Brad Tucker and Friends) and Jemima James with Goodnight Louise playing the opening set. Show starts at 7:30 pm

Remember, Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14th! Check out MVOL’s Calendar for special events.

The Week Ahead: Fri., Jan. 31 through Thurs., Feb. 06, 2014

Friday, January 31st, 2014

This week we welcome the month of February. Although we’ve had an been uncommonly cold and snowy January, February promises a warming trend, if not necessarily with the weather, then certainly with the approach of Valentine’s Day. Chocolate hearts and flowers are already decorating shop windows. Up Island, Chilmark Chocolate emerges from hibernation to cater to the tastebuds of Island chocolate connoisseurs. Additionally, Island accommodations and restaurants will be showing the love with special dinner and accommodation offers for the February 14th weekend. MVOL continues to add Valentine’s info as it becomes available, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, keep warm and enjoy the Week Ahead!

Friday, Jan. 31
Special Olympics Aquatics Program
Any child ages 8+ or adult with a physical, intellectual or developmental disability is welcome to join.

Saturday, Feb. 1
Free Live Music Concert
Free concert featuring local musicians performing the Grateful Dead’s live album “Europe 72″, plus the Daytrippers, Good Night Louise,
the Flying Elbows, Jellybone Rivers, Nina Violet.

First Saturday Men’s Breakfast
Gather at the Trinity Parish House (across from the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs) to share good food, great conversation, and engaging speakers. Please come and bring a friend or two.

Sunday, Feb 2
Visit New Lambs@ the FARM Institute
We’ll be visiting with some of our newest arrivals- spring lambs! Join us in welcoming them by helping us feed the sheep and weigh the newcomers.

Monday, Feb 3
Ladies Night at Featherstone: Card Making
Learning some paper folding techniques  while making Valentines for the special people in your life

Thursday, Feb 6
“America’s Music:  A History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway”
Part of The VH Public Library’s 6-week long film and lecture series  showing of six award-winning documentary films about uniquely American musical art genres followed by short lectures and performances.dway.”

For even more things to do visit MVOL’s Calendar of Events >>>

The Week Ahead: Fri., Jan. 24 through Thurs., Jan. 30, 2014

Friday, January 24th, 2014

This Saturday brings two popular winter events:  mvyradio’s annual Big Chili Contest fundraiser for the Red Stocking Fund and the Mid-Winter Ball & Gala that supports the MV Minnesingers. Both events are well worth coming out of hibernation to enjoy even in this bone-chilling weather! The week continues with a Tracking event being held up in Aquinnah which should be made even more interesting due to the recent snowfall. After that it’s time to head back indoors for movies and music! Keep warm and enjoy the Week Ahead!

Saturday, Jan. 25
28th Annual MVY Radio Big Chili Contest
Warm up on a chilly January day - come to sample all the many different kinds of chili and vote for the one that you like best.

Tracking Workshop
Come and learn (more) about the Art of Tracking. Workshop geared towards adults, interested youth 9 and up welcome.

Mid-Winter Ball & Gala at the Harbor View
Minnesinger fundraiser at the Harbor View Hotel. Dance to live music provided by the Sultans of Swing while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and auction.

Sunday, Jan. 26
Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom
Film based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography explores his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President.

Tuesday, Jan. 28
2- Part Series Honors Nelson Mandela
In part II of the Library’s series, Alan Brigish will discuss the late President Nelson Mandela in the broader context of South African history and, in particular the Freedom Charter.

Wednesday, Jan. 29
Uke Jam at Featherstone
Come learn how to play the ukulele in a relaxed, fun atmosphere! Refreshments and lots of laughs! Just bring your uke, or any other instrument and have a great time! 7-9 pm.

Thursday, Jan.30
“America’s Music: A History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway”
One  presentation of the the VH Public Library ‘s 6-week long film and lecture series “America’s Music: A History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.”

For even more things to do visit MVOL’s Calendar of Events >>>

The Week Ahead: Fri., Jan. 17 through Thurs., Jan. 23, 2014

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

After a chill-inducing start to the month, the weather on Martha’s Vineyard has moderated just in time for us to enjoy the a variety of ‘walks’ that intrepid Island organizations have planned, and, equally intrepid residents plan to enjoy. But that’s not all the coming week holds in store: winter is a busy time for Island artists who use these quiet months to create and network, as a number of upcoming events amply demonstrate. Indoors or out - Enjoy the Week Ahead!

Friday, Jan. 17
PechaKucha Night at the Harbor View Hotel
Devised in Japan in 2003 as an event for young designers to network. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for “chit chat,” it rests on a simple presentation format: show 20 images for 20 seconds each.

Big Moon Owl Prowl
Felix Neck offers this a full moon walk to look, listen, and learn about these nocturnal birds. Observe their resident barn owls in our owl cam and perhaps out on the trails.

Saturday, Jan. 18
Arts & Scripts: Works in Creation Across Island Now
Pathways first multi-arts installation of 2014: Arts & Scripts: Works in Creation Across Island Now will be introduced at Pathways Living Room Studios, Saturday January 18, 7 to 9 pm.

Sunday, Jan. 19
Brickyard Industry Walk
Saving Special Places Winter Walking Series offers  access to rarely seen conservation restricted private properties during our special winter walking events hosted by yjr  Trustees of Reservations

Public Dancing Allowed
Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish rock out at the Yard’s Public Dancing Allowed event  and benefit from 7:30–10 pm, at the Chilmark Community Center.  Admission, $10; children under 12 admitted free of charge.

Tuesday, Jan. 21
2- Part Series Honors Nelson Mandela
In part one of our two part series honoring Nelson Mandela, we will be viewing the 2009 film, Invictus. Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup

Wednesday, Jan. 22
Special Olympics Aquatics Program
Any child ages 8+ or adult with a physical, intellectual or developmental disability is welcome to join. Free. Practices: Wednesdays: 4-4:30pm and Fridays: 1:15pm-2pm

Thursday, Jan. 23
Arts & Scripts: New Works Across Island Now
Multi Generational, Multi Arts, Arts & Scripts: Works in Creation Across Island Now! Continues with music by Alex Karalekas, 7-9 pm

For even more things to do visit MVOL’s Calendar of Events >>>

The Week Ahead: Fri., Jan. 10 through Thurs., Jan. 16 2014

Friday, January 10th, 2014

You would think that the wintry weather would keep folks well within doors. Well, think again! As this weeks activities reveal, the Island’s beautiful landscapes are alluring enough in any weather to get folks outside to appreciate regardless of the temperatures. Later in the week, the Vineyard Haven Library and MV Museum provide new insights and information and the Y wants us all to come out for the home team as the Island’s swim team takes on challengers from ‘off.’ Enjoy the Week Ahead!

Sat., Jan 11
Winter Walks at the Polly Hill Arboretum
Join Arboretum staff to explore the grounds in the “off-season.” Tours are at 10am and run for a little over an hour. Meet at the Visitor Center and dress for the weather. Tours are free, but donations welcome.

Wild Families
Sassafras offers  quality outdoor experiences for all ages: adventures,  games, fire-making, Story time in the warm Tipi if it’s cold or wet. Fun for the whole family.

Cruz Concert at the Capawock
John Cruz and Mark Herschler return to the Island for their annual mid winter show at the Capawock Theater in Vineyard Haven.

Sun., Jan 12
Beatrix Potter: A Women Ahead of Her Time
Welcome Betsy Bray to the Library as the next speaker in its “Sunday with Friends” series. Betsy will present an illustrated talk about the life of Beatrix Potter. Free at the VH Public Library; refreshments will be served.

Mon., Jan. 13
MVRHS Swim Meet VS. Pope John Paul II High School
Cheer on the MVRHS Vineyarders Swim Team at the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard as they compete against Pope John Paul II High School. Entire pool closed to the public from 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm; event 3:15- 4:30pm. Later in the week on Jan 16,  MV competes against Sandwich High School.

Tues., Jan. 14
VH Library Hosts Poets Collective
The Martha’s Vineyard Poets’ Collective will present their new image-inspired writing at the Vineyard Haven Library. A reception will follow the readings.

Wed., Jan. 15
Staff Tour: David Nathans, Executive Director
David Nathans, MV Museum’s Executive Director, invites you to  tour the current exhibits on display at the Museum. David will reveal his favorite objects in the exhibits. Refreshments will be served. 3 – 4 pm. Free for members/$7 for non-members

SAVE THE DATE - Friday, Jan. 17
Special Event: PechaKucha Night at the Harbor View Hotels,
Big Moon Owl Prowl at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, and
YMCA hosted Meal & A Movie

The Week Ahead: Fri., Jan. 03, through Thurs., Jan. 09 2014)

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Welcome to the first week of 2014.  We start the week with the first flakes of a snow storm that will likely add a whole spectrum of activities that we don’t often get to enjoy on Martha’s Vineyard:   sledding, winter walks amidst landscapes blanketed in white and cross-country skiing.  For a detailed list where to enjoy this last option, click here> and enjoy the week ahead!

Sat, Jan. 4
IMPers Perform at Alex’s Place
Martha’s Vineyard’s own improv troupe brings its zany audience-inclusive show to Alex’s Place at the YMCA.  Performance is rated PG.  $12 admission.

Sat & Sun, Jan. 4 & 5
Family Skate at the MV Arena
Indoors and always fun for the whole family.  Equipment rental available.

Tues, Jan 7

Arm Balances, Inversions & The Bandhas
Get started on those New Year’s resolutions. 4 week class series explores using internal “energy locks” to access lightness and fearlessness needed to turn things upside down in arm balancing and inversions.

Tues, Jan 7
VH Public Library Movie Night: Lion in Winter
Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn star in the tumultuous story of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. “Ha! What shall we hang… the holly, or each other?” 1968, rated PG.

Wed,  Jan 8
Uke Jam at Featherstone Center for the Arts
Featherstone Center for the Arts holds a uke jam tonight from 7-9 pm.  Come play, listen and/or learn .  Free and all are welcome

For even more things to do visit MVOL’s Calendar of Events >>>

The Week Ahead: Fri., Dec. 27, 2013 - Thurs., Jan. 02, 2014

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Of the entire year this is probably the quietest week on Martha’s Vineyard. Folks trickle back to the Island from visiting family and friends and other head out to celebrate the coming New Year ‘off.’ That said there are still events to enjoy and celebrations for the arrival of 2014 right here at home. Enjoy the Week Ahead and Happy New Year to you all!

Sat, Dec. 28
West Tisbury Winter Farmers Market
The last West Tisbury Winter Farmers Market of 2013will be open from 10 am to 1 pm and will be held inside at The Agricultural Society at 35 Panhandle Road in West Tisbury.

Sat, Dec. 28 & Sun Dec 29
Shakespeare for the Masses: Henry V
The Vineyard Playhouse presents Shakespeare for the Masses: Quick & Painless & Free! Come join us for our exciting take on Henry V! 7-8 pm on Saturday Jan. 28 and a 2-3 pm matinee on Sunday, Jan 29.

Tues, Dec. 31

Ring in 2014 at the Harbor View.
Come celebrate at the Harbor View’s New Year’s Eve Party! Dancing to the Sultans of Swing, DJ Dance Party in the Grand Ball Room and a festive array of hors d’oeuvres.  Fireworks at midnight!

Tues, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Bash
MV Film Center celebrates with a special night of film, food, libations, music, and cheer – including live TV coverage of Times Square at midnight on our Big Screen at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, Tuesday, December 31 beginning at 8 pm.

Wed, Jan. 1. 2014
Annual First Day Walk at Felix Neck
January take its toll on the natural world, but it also symbolizes a fresh start. Pull yourself out of your own hibernation and be the first to visit Felix Neck in 2014! Members: free. Non-members: $5

For even more things to do visit MVOL’s Calendar of Events >>>

The Week Ahead: Fri., Dec. 20 - Thurs., Dec. 26, 2013

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Welcome to the Week Ahead which will take us up to, and include, the Christmas holiday.  Although many of us will be busy with last minute shopping, travel and other traditional pre-holiday activities, there are still events to enjoy and some, such as the Y’s Drop Off and Shop, might even make this busy week a bit easier.  Enjoy the Week Ahead and Happy Holidays!

Fri, Dec. 20
Santa Sweepstakes
Drawing to be held today at Offshore Ale at 3pm.

Sat, Dec. 21
First Baptist Church Christmas Tea & White Elephant Sale
Join the fun from 2-4 pm at the Parish House. Proceeds will benefit the Baptist Women’s Ministry. $7 adults $4 children under 12. White elephant tables, tea, finger sandwiches and cookies.

Sat, Dec. 21
West Tisbury Winter Farmers Market
Last chance to shop the farmer’s market before the holiday!
10 am to 1 pm at The Agricultural Society at 35 Panhandle Road in West Tisbury.

Sat, Dec. 21
Solstice Celebration
A Celebration of Nature, Music and True North, to rekindle the fire within. 4:30 Bow Drill Fire and Torch Walk; 5 pm Potluck Dinner; 6 pm Live Music by youth, teens, adults. 7 pm dance to Latin, R& B, World tunes. Fires tended all night.

Sun, Dec. 22

Drop and Shop
Drop your kids off at the Y to finish some last minute shopping! Ages 3+. $20/child, $15/sibling. 1-4 pm

Sun, Dec. 22
Sunday with Santa at the Black Dog
Photos with Santa inside the Black Dog Tavern followed by tree lighting & caroling with the Minnesingers. Ornament decorating for kids. Free cookies, hot chocolate and cider. Tours of Tall Ship Alabama & 25% off holiday items.

Tues, Dec. 24
Carols, candle-lighting and other Christmas Eve traditions take place at churches throughout the Island, beginning with services in the early evening, some of which are geared specifically for children) and continuing through to midnight. Click here for details >

Wed, Dec. 25
Merry Christmas!
To view Christmas Day Church Services Click here>

For even more things to do visit MVOL’s Calendar of Events >>>

The Week Ahead: Fri., Dec. 13 through Thurs., Dec.19, 2013

Friday, December 13th, 2013


Martha's Vineyard Fall

Needless to say this week, or at least the upcoming weekend, will be dominated by Christmas in Edgartown.  From its modest beginnings, roughly 3 decades ago, this weekend-long event has blossomed to include almost every imaginable permutation of holiday cheer.  From carolers to Christmas crafts, Santa to sleigh rides, adorable teddy bear displays, crèches, samplings and shopping the weekend embodies everyone’s most dearly held holiday fantasies.  Moving into next week, the holiday spirit continues to prevail with Oak Bluff’s traditional Reflections of Peace Concert and a screening of A Child’s Christmas in Wales at the MV Film Center.  Enjoy the Week Ahead.

Fri., Dec. 13
Christmas in Edgartown kicks off with Donaroma’s “Island to Island” Open House, Minnesingers Holiday Concert, Lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse.

Sat., Dec. 14
Christmas in Edgartown continues with Santa Parade, Annual Chowder Contest, Christmas Tree lighting and more.

Sun., Dec. 15

Christmas in Edgartown concludes with Breakfast with Santa, last chance for Teddy Bear Suite MV Boys & Girls Club fundraiser at the  Harborview Hotel, crafts at Felix Neck and more.

Wed., Dec. 18
The 17th Annual Reflections of Peace Concert
Classical and contemporary instrumental and vocal music celebrates  the season. Benefits Hospice MV.

Wed., Dec. 18
A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Screening of this holiday classic includes pre-show holiday music by Rob Meyers. Screening begins at 7:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center.

Thurs., Dec. 19
Last shopping day before Oak Bluff’s Santa Sweepstakes comes to an end. Shop to collect raffle tickets for prizes donated by participating Oak Bluffs businesses. Drawing to be held 3 pm on Friday, Dec. 20 at Offshore Ale.

Save the Date: Sat., Dec. 21
First Baptist Church Christmas Tea & White Elephant Sale
WT Winter Farmer’s Market

For even more things to do visit MVOL’s Calendar of Events >>>

The Week Ahead: Fri., Dec. 6 through Thurs., Dec. 12, 2013

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Martha’s Vineyard is officially embarked on the holiday season, with lights brightening the dark days both in town and around the Island. Weekends, especially, are replete with holiday fairs and festivities from jumble sales, Santa sightings, and other events to make the days merry.
Merchants have transformed windows into wonderlands and the good smells of holiday baking goods and pine needles remind one of the coming holidays with every breath of the frosty air.
The week ends on the brink of Christmas in Edgartown.  If you haven’t yet had the chance, take a moment to make you plans for the weekend of Dec 13-15. Enjoy the Week Ahead!

Dec., 7
WT Winter Farmer’s Market
The West Tisbury Winter Farmers Market will be open from 10 am to 1 pm at The Agricultural Society at 35 Panhandle Road in West Tisbury.

Dec., 7
Special Event: Annual Appraisal Day
Appraisers from Skinner, Inc. will evaluate your prized objects in this popular event. Items may be consigned for sale by Skinner with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Museum.

Dec., 7

Celebrate The Holidays In Oak Bluffs All Day!
Kick off at 9 am with a “Holiday Bazaar” at the OB Senior Center, moving on to an Open Market upstairs at Dreamland w/live music, & Santa, Horse Drawn Hayrides, Puppet Parade, Bell Ringers, Carolers and more.

Dec., 7
Holiday Bazaar
MV NAACP’s annual Holiday Bazaar featuring a silent auction, raffles and bake table. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. 10 am - 3 pm. @ the MV Regional High School

Dec., 7
2013 Annual Christmas Faire
Freshly made wreaths, table trees, centerpieces, swags as well as jumble sale items. Lunch will include Lobster Bisque and Chicken Soup.

Dec., 8
MVCVA Artist Reception
Martha’s Vineyard Center for Visual Arts grant recipients showcase their work and celebrate their accomplishments. 4-7 pm at Bananas on Main Street, Vineyard Haven.

Dec., 11
The Man Who Came to Dinner
A screwball comedy from 1941 with a little Christmas thrown in. Screening at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center

Dec., 12 & 14

Annual Morning Glory Farm Holiday Open House
10 am - 4 pm on Dec. 12 & 2 pm - 4 pm on Dec. 14. Kicks off Christmas in Edgartown with tastings, cider and fun.

For even more things to do visit MVOL’s Calendar of Events >>>

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